Minor given 21-month suspended sentence for insulting Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during a mass opening ceremony at Bursa Ataturk Stadium in Bursa, Turkey on April 5, 2017. AFP

A.Ş., 13, was handed down a 21-month suspended sentence for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, the artıgerçek news website reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the İstanbul 2nd Juvenile Court first ruled for a three year, six month sentence but reduced it to one year, nine months because A.Ş. is under 15 years of age. The court suspended the sentence on condition that A.Ş. not commit the same crime over the next year.

It is noteworthy that the court ruled for a prison sentence despite the fact that Erdoğan had withdrawn his complaint.

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